My neighbors, and my husband and I, are switching houses, because they’re buying ours. We have started the process, so we don’t have to do the whole thing all in one day. Yesterday, we swapped patios, and yard stuff. It’s aggravating, but there was a plus, they have a bird feeder that is now in my yard! Those cute little creatures have found it, and have already begun to flit around it, and settle in for a meal. I had a bird feeder at one time, but have since decided against it because the seeds in the feeder are still viable, and will grow new plants underneath, and create a rather weedy area. I have enough weeds to deal with without adding more. Here’s the lesson I learned from my observation: we the church can continue to feed those who come to the table of Jesus, and enjoy their presence, and expect that we might get a few that spread their negativity, or we can close up the church, and no one gets fed. The enemy will be there to sow weeds among us, but Jesus tells us to allow them to grow with us, and he will sort them out later. Some of us will be harvested, but the others will be thrown into the burn pile. Don’t be discouraged by all that you are seeing and hearing, some will come to know Jesus because we are still inviting them to our table.
He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Matthew 13:28-30